Lesson 1: A Clear Definition of Classical Education
In this session, Dr. Christopher Perrin gives us a clear definition of classical education, noting how difficult it is to define something with such height, depth, and width, and such a vast history.
- The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark
- The Lost Tools of Learning, an essay by Dorothy Sayers (available in essay form here and as an audio recording here)
- Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education by Douglas Wilson
- Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning by Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans
- Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education by David Hicks
- Plato: The Great Philosopher Educator by David Diener
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Outline of Session
- How would you best define classical education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.
- How does the definition of curriculum as a course change your thinking about curriculum?
- Classical education can be defined as parts that come together as a whole. Of the curricular, pedagogical, psychological, communal, and linguistic definitions, with which definition are you most familiar and why? How do the other parts expand your view of the tradition of classical education?
Lecture 1 Charts and Tables
Various (Abbreviated) Definitions of Classical Education